In light of the FBI's assurances that it's reviewing the fatal shooting of Ibragim Todashev, a man questioned in the Boston bombing case, by an FBI agent last month, The New York Times took a look at the results of the agency's previous internal investigations. Their finding: From 1993 to early 2011 FBI agents fatally shot about 70 "subjects" and wounded about 80 others, and in each case the internal investigation found that the shooting was justified.
Police have made an arrest in the killing of a livery driver last week by a stab to the eye — with an umbrella as it turned out. Officers tracked down Shamel Allen, 28, who lives just two blocks from where the killing took place, after a witness identified him in a lineup. They found him "cowering in the closet of an acquaintance's home," the Daily News reports. Cops are still looking for a woman thought to be with him, who fled the scene carrying a white purse.
Michael Hastings, the 33-year-old BuzzFeed reporter and Rolling Stone contributor who wrote the blockbuster profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal that led to McChrystal's resignation, died in a car crash early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles Weekly, he was the sole victim in the single-vehicle crash on Highland Avenue near Melrose Avenue, reported at about 4:25 a.m. His most famous article, "The Runaway General," won the 2010 Polk Award for magazine reporting, but it is hardly the only thing that earned Hastings his reputation for speaking truth to power.
Police said last month that Elliot Morales was laughing as they arrested him for allegedly shooting Mark Carson in the West Village, and according to court papers unsealed on Tuesday, he also bragged about why he committed the murder. "He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It's the last thing he'll remember," said Morales, who police say made homophobic remarks to a bartender, then followed Carson and his friends while hurling gay slurs. He added, "Guy thought he was tough in front of his bitch so I shot him. Diagnosis is dead, doctor."
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Facebook has been borrowing features from other social networks, and vice versa, for years. But as the war between Facebook and Twitter heats up, the appropriations are becoming more blatant.
In the last few weeks alone, Facebook has added Twitter-style hashtags and verified profiles. And this week, TechCrunch reports that Facebook-owned Instagram will be adding a video feature, essentially aping Twitter's Vine. The announcement of Instavideo will apparently come at an event on Thursday at Facebook's headquarters.
Among the practical civic improvements in the $3 billion "Strategic Plan" for the proposed "Tech Triangle" joining Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, and the Navy Yard are parks, bike paths, and public Wi-Fi. Less practical (but more awesome): mini-golf, "the city's first vertical dog run," and this 600-foot-tall helium observation balloon dubbed Brooklyn Rising. Why not?
Harry Reid has been threatening to change the Senate rules on nominations, so that a minority of senators can’t prevent a president from filling vacancies in the judiciary or his own administration. Today Mitch McConnell responded with a threat of his own: If Reid does that, whenever McConnell gets the majority, he’ll change the rules to allow a straight majority rule on everything.
- Go to maps.nyc.gov/hurricane.
- Type in your address.
- Learn whether you're part of the city's expanded, six-zone hurricane evacuation scheme.
- Start thinking about which friends or casual acquantainces you'll inconvenience when Sandy II hits.
*The least fun New York game of all time is What Did I Just Step In?
The New York Police Department's all-time favorite Ernest Hemingway line is, apparently, "There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter," which is frightening. Members of the department's Warrant Squad, the division that targets fugitives, were seen recently wearing the slogan on T-shirts outside of a Queens court, perhaps in violation of dress code, but the aggressive sentiment has been floating around NYPD halls for some time.
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